EDITORIAL: Speech police

May 29, 2009

Read any history of the war between government censors and free-speech advocates in 20th-century America, compare those struggles to the ones now ongoing, and a curious shift becomes visible.

Whether the target of 20th century suppression was a naughty book first published in Paris, a nightclub comedian on the order of Mort Sahl or George Carlin, or even some rock 'n' roll crooner who insisted on swivelling his hips or lasciviously suggesting that two presumably unwed parties "spend the night together," censorship used to be expected from the conservative right, from stodgy old men attempting to hold the line of "decency" against insurgent hopped-up beatniks...

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